Blog posts tagged with 'venice'

According to Goethe, Sicily is the key to everything. But those of us who are not fortunate enough to live there may need a key to understanding the island itself. “No non-Sicilian…will ever be able to penetrate the island’s mysteries altogether,” writes John Julius Norwich in his history of the island. But, lucky for us, his new book Sicily, An Island at the Crossroads of History brings us closer to the mysteries themselves. Norwich, the "dean of popular historians," delivers a page-turning account of Sicily, highlighting the surprising role the island has played in world history.
Valeria Luiselli was born in Mexico City, grew up in South Africa, has lived in India, became a resident of Venice and now lives in New York City. But it is her birthplace that leaves the most indelible impression on the reader of her recent collection of essays, Sidewalks. While she calls writing about Mexico City a “task doomed to failure,” Luiselli’s unhurried observations (she writes at the pace of a flaneur on a bike) and lyrical reflections on the city’s architecture, plazas, streets and sidewalks allow her to construct a powerful portrait of Mexico City out of several disparate images and impressions.